It’s hard to find the right camp for your child. You probably get
recommendations from friends and friends of friends. But if you’ve been having
trouble this year, visit the American
They have a database that allows you to search by
location and activities and by the age of your child.
And here’s something to
keep in mind, no matter what camp you child ends up going to: according to the
American Camping Association, there has been a steady increase in the number of
campers who are on prescription medication. Many of these children have asthma.
When packing for a child’s camp stay, make sure he or she has sufficient
medication for the duration of the visit. Make sure all the medications are
up-to-date. Include written dosing instructions, along with the doctor’s and
pharmacist’s phone numbers, in case of questions.
Camps are usually otherwise
prepared if children get injured or sick. However, children should bring their
own sunscreen, insect repellent and lip balm to protect against lots of outdoor
ources: American Academy of Dermatology; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Camping Association; American Red Cross; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; K. Handal, The American Red Cross. First Aid and Safety Book. Little, Brown and Company, 1992; Marion County Children’s Services; Medical College of Wisconsin; National Highway Transportation Administration; The National Institutes of Health; National Safe Kids Foundation; The National Safety Council; Students Against Destructive Decisions; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;